4 weeks without my uterus–otherwise known as I need a run!!!

On September 20, 2012, I had a total abdominal hysterectomy.  Basically, my uterus and cervix were removed through a large incision in my abdomen- no laparoscopic laser surgery for me!  Needless to say, I haven’t had a run in a while.  In fact my last 5K race was on September 16th, 4 days before my surgery.  I ran the Run Wild for Autism race through the Baltimore Zoo and Druid Hill Park in support of autism research.  My son is autistic and I ran with him, my husband, and some really great friends!

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This is a pic of us coming across the finish line at the same time. I’m the one in the white shirt!

Anyway, I am not an accomplished runner by any means.  I am a weekend warrior who rediscovered running in November 2011.  I hadn’t run regularly since high school before then.  My first race since my son was born was the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K in June 2012.  The BWC was not only my first race but also my first race since being diagnosed with both high blood pressure and menorrhagia.  I hadn’t planned it but running in support of other women ended up being a blessing to me.  The next day I went in for a routine outpatient procedure to deal with my menorrhagia.  It didn’t go well and after a couple of doctors’ opinions and a lot of soul searching, I scheduled my hysterectomy.

While training for the BWC, I had set a goal for myself for 2012.  That was to run three races – one of which was to be the Baltimore Running Festival in October.  Once my surgery date was set, the BRF was out of the question.  Never one to give up on my goals, I decided to do back to back races in September to meet it.  I ran the Run to Remember in honor of 9/11 the week before the autism run.

Now that I’ve reached Week 4, I can start walking and light strength training again – nothing too strenuous.  I have been recovering relatively quickly which I credit to being in better shape before the surgery.  I hope to be cleared to start running again at the 6 week mark.  I have also set new goals for 2013.  I intend to run a race every month of 2013, including my first half.  This blog will be a way to share my progress; and, to help others who are dealing with health issues.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Candance
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 17:14:50

    Nadine, I am so inspired by your runner’s tale. So much so that I’m thinking of getting out there. I’ve never ran in my life, but I do believe there’s a woman inside me who loves running. I plan on reading your blog as you post to be inspired and to inspire others! Kudos to you!

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